- Only two weeks after being blamed for the deaths of several
domestic animals in Ponce, the enigmatic Chupacabras reappeared this time
in the Caguitas Centro sector of Aguas Buenas.
- "When I got home I looked at the cage and didn't
see the rabbits.
- I went downstairs quickly and saw the scene: I had
a nervous attack and had to take some pills," said Amarillis Flores,
who returned home yesterday morning after having spent the weekend at her
- Amarillis, who was in charge of the residence, was alarmed
when she saw that her grandchildren's pets--two white rabbits, a black
duck, a rooster and a hen--lay petrified at the bottom of their cages,
located at the rear of the backyard. Neighbor Salvador Rosario said that
on Sunday night he noticed that the dogs were very restless, but dismissed
the possibility that the canines could have been the cause of the animal
deaths, as the cage would require a strength greater than a dog's to tear
through the screen.
- "Two dogs have been missing since Saturday--a dachsund
named Oreja and a poodle named Negri," added Rosario, a retired schoolteacher.
The scene was macabre: a duck, still agonizing, displayed two holes on
its back through which its blood was apparently extracted. The equidistant
holes could also be seen on the rooster's back and on that of the hen.
The rabbits' front paws had been severed; two geese and another duck survived
the carnage. "They couldn't have been dogs, because they would have
dragged the animals away. It was a two-legged chupacabras," said Flores,
meaning that it was either the mythical creature that no one has been able
to identify, or it was a human being.
- Inside the cage, where the smell of decomposition prevailed,
there was no trace of blood and it's gate had not been forced. The wire
fencing hadn been pierced or ripped by something with considerable strength,
according to the affected parties.
- When intervierwed by PRIMERA HORA, veterinarian and zoologist
Pedor Nnez noted that the incidents ascribed to the "Chupacabras"
-- a character believed by many to have wings, flies swiftly and has nocturnal
habits-- could be the work of stray dogs, apes or exotic animals not native
to Puerto Rico. The specialist in exotic wildlife stated that during the
drought season, some types of rats and mice tend to suck the blood of others
- Translation (C) 2002. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
- Special thanks to Luiseppi Quiones.